A good society can be built by love and affection among the people belonging to different communities aid Sri Brahmanand Saraswati Sawmiji of Sri Rama Kshetra Dharmasthala.

Speaking at the golden jubilee celebration of Jamia Islamia institution in Bhatkal on Sunday, he said greed was the main reason for all the troubles.

“By worshipping God one can get contentment in life. God is one, but the way of worshipping him is different.”

He called upon the people to build a strong nation by strengthening culture through education. “The riots and communal disturbances would spoil the society,” he warned. Sri Prasannanath Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri math said all religions taught love and peace. “Suspicion leads to violence which weakens the society. Instead of dividing the society on the basis of religion, we must work towards uniting the society,” he said. Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, lauded the efforts of Jamia Islamia Education Trust which has been providing education to children for the last 50 years. Maulana Sayyad Mohammad Raabi Hasan Nadvi, chairman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said that if there is mutual respect Indians can live in peace and build a strong nation. “India has always upheld the tradition of unity in diversity. We must shun violence in the name of religion, he said.

Maulana Ilyas Nadvi welcomed the gathering. Abdul Salaam Puttige delivered an introductory speech. Siafulla read the report about the activities of the trust. Shivanand Naik chairman of KSSDL, C. A. Khalil, K. T. Balakrishna, Superintendent of Police, Mohammad Bashir, MP from Kerala, Parvez Kashim president of Tanzeem, and Inayatulla Shabandri president of Town Municipality were present.

Irappa Naik of Heble, a watchman of Jamia Millia for the last 30 years, was honoured with a gold medal.